Metropolitan regional finalists announced for Queensland’s top training awards

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman has announced the 33 finalists who have been selected to contest the Metropolitan regional final of the 58th Queensland Training Awards.

“These apprentices and trainees, students, teachers, employers, and training and community organisations have used training to build their careers, grow their businesses and strengthen their communities,” Ms Fentiman said.

“Finalists from Metropolitan region will join more than 220 finalists from across seven regions who will vie for a place at the state final of the Queensland Training Awards in Brisbane on 14 September

Member for McConnel Grace Grace said these high calibre finalists represent a wide range of industries and occupations, from mechanics, electricians, small bakeries and hairdressing salons, to migrant support organisations and big businesses.

“I congratulate all of them for becoming a finalist in these prestigious awards, and for their dedication to training,” she said.

“Being selected as a regional finalist recognises their outstanding contribution to the state’s growth and economy and they should be proud of their achievements so far.”

Ms Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting training and skills development for all Queenslanders.

“The Queensland Training Awards focuses the spotlight on the excellence that exists in the state’s training sector and supports our commitment to fostering skilled workforces,” she said.

“I encourage local community members to attend the regional final on 19 July in Brisbane to recognise and support their local finalists.”

The 11 regional award categories are Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year; Bob Marshman Trainee of the Year; Vocational Student of the Year; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year; School-based Apprentice or Trainee of the Year; VET Teacher or Trainer of the Year; Equity VET Student of the Year; Community Training Initiative of the Year; and Small, Medium and Large Employer of the Year.

The Queensland Training Awards are run by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training with the support of regional and state sponsors.

All the finalists competing in the 11 award categories for the seven regional finals are available at

Regional final tickets will go on sale in June, visit for details.

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